Some of the most common foot injuries include compartment syndrome, Lisfranc or middle foot fractures, and heel bone fractures. It is important to protect your rights if you suffered a foot or heel injury in an auto accident. You might be eligible for compensation from the person who was at fault.
Your Foot, Toes, Ankles, and Heels Absorb the Impact During an Auto Accident
It is a natural response for your body to tense and brace itself for the impact of an auto accident. Your ankle and foot often receive the full force of pressure from the impact and your body weight. Each of your feet contains 26 bones, along with joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue. An injury to any part of your foot can cause long-term limited mobility, and in extreme cases, amputation.
See a Healthcare Professional Immediately
You should see your doctor or healthcare professional right after an auto accident. Injuries to any part of your foot or ankle can take weeks or months to heal. You may need a cast, special boot, shoe, or even surgery to correct your balance and walking. It is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. You should keep all receipts and bills as proof of economic loss.
Foot Injuries from an Auto Accident
Bressman Law has helped clients recover compensation for their pain, medical bills, and lost wages. Foot injuries can be among the most distressing. This is because most of life’s daily actions need strong, healthy feet, toes, and ankles for walking, standing, rising, and more. Many foot injuries need surgery and physical therapy afterward. Here are some of the more common foot injuries that are the result of an auto accident.
Compartment syndrome injuries occur when your foot experiences severe trauma. Your foot structure has many small compartments of muscles, nerves, and tendons. If a foot compartment is crushed, punctured, fractured, or broken, it creates pressure and bleeding. This causes your foot to swell as nerves and muscles become compacted. Compartment syndrome injuries from a car accident are extremely painful. If untreated, your foot will not heal and function properly.
Lisfranc and Midfoot Injuries
Any untreated blow, trauma, impact, or damage to the middle part of your foot can lead to constant pain, limited mobility, and arthritis. This type of injury, also known as a Lisfranc fracture, can take ten weeks or longer to heal properly. It is likely that your doctor will tell you to stay off your feet during recovery. You might need surgery to correct broken or dislocated foot bones.
Heel Bone Fractures (Calcaneus)
The high impact force of an auto accident can crush, break, or fracture the heel bone. Also known as calcaneus, heel bone fractures can be extremely debilitating foot injuries. Surgery is usually needed to fuse the bones together. You likely cannot walk for some time after surgery. If heel bone fractures are improperly treated, you could have chronic pain, arthritis, and permanent deformity.
Other Acute Foot Injuries
The force and impact of an auto accident can cause many types of acute foot injuries. Feet can face danger from loose objects that can strike, puncture, or crush the toes, midfoot, or heel. This leads to acute injuries that include:
- Puncture wounds
- Torn ligaments
- Severe bruising and swelling
- Broken, shattered, dislocated, or crushed bones
- Ruptured tendons
- Joint and muscle sprains
Foot Injuries from an Auto Accident Can Lead to Secondary Complications
You could experience secondary complications from foot injuries, such as infection. Fractures and broken foot bones can lead to arthritis. Sometimes more surgeries are needed to correct your gait and balance. It is easy to see how foot injuries are not only painful but disrupt every activity in your daily life.
You Could Recover Compensation to Help Pay for Treatment and Other Expenses
Ohio law allows you to pursue compensation from a negligent driver who caused your injuries. Bressman Law accepts all types of car accident cases and understands the process we must navigate to recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage. This compensation may include:
- Medical bills including ambulance, emergency department, and hospitalization costs
- Ongoing medical treatment such as physical therapy
- Medical equipment and adaptive devices
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
Are you suffering from foot injuries from an auto accident? Please call Bressman Law for a free case evaluation: 877-538-1116. You do not pay attorney fees unless our car accident team recovers compensation for you.